Am I more likely to be in a car or motorcycle accident?
Car and motorcycle accident data has given an insight into the factors that cause accidents and the severity of the injuries arising from accidents. In the UK, statistics have shown that the severity of motorcycle accidents is hugely greater with them being 40 times more likely to be killed in accidents than drivers in cars. Also, the likelihood of being in an accident is much higher with motorcyclists involved in 20% accidents that caused serious injury and death and motorcyclists only comprising 1% of the total traffic on the roads.
Recent data from 2003 shows that there have been 950,000 motorcycles that have been licensed in the UK so motorcyclists are still a major subset of the traffic population. 2004 data showed that over the course of the year 25,641 motorcyclists had been injured in accidents with just over 6,000 of them being serious injuries. This gave an accident ratio of just over 2.5%, this figure seems small but compared to the vehicle drivers it is very high. Thankfully, accident number have been decreasing every year since 2003 but still have a way to go.
The factors that have been found to contribute to motorcycle accidents are their ability to reach high top speeds, high rate of acceleration, low stability when compared to vehicles with 4 wheels and their smaller frame that makes them harder to spot. Other factors that can also contribute to accidents are that motorcycles have physical qualities that make them harder to distinguish from the background and this is called poor sensory conspicuity.
In addition, a related factor is cognitive conspicuity plays a role, this theory is where an approaching vehicle is not expected to arrive because there is less experience of them being encountered. It has been recommended by authorities that these issues can be resolved by being more visible and this can be achieved by using day lights, having distinct colours on your motorcycle as opposed to just having the colour black and by wearing reflective and/or fluorescent material in your clothing. Another factor that is missed is that the road environment can be more dangerous for motorcycles.
Have you been in a car or motorcycle accident?
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